Two Yorkshire Asda stores now offering free ‘drive-thru’ flu jabs
Written by Rother Radio News on 08/10/2020
Two Asda stores in Yorkshire will be offering the UK’s first ever ‘drive-thru’ flu jab service – and it will be completely free.
From today, 13 Asdas across the country will offer flu jabs to pregnant and elderly people in car parks.
The service will be offered completely free-of-charge to anyone who is eligible for a free NHS flu jab such as elderly people, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions, and also frontline health care workers – including those who work in places such as care homes or nursing homes, as well as home carers.
Maq Din, lead pharmacist at Asda Pharmacy said: “The sad truth is that there is an increased mortality risk if you catch COVID-19 when you already have the flu.
“As a result some of our most vulnerable members of society are at twice the risk compared to others, which is why we are encouraging everyone to get a flu jab this year; it is more vital now than ever!
“We are putting a number of measures in place at our drive-through flu jab centres , so patients can be assured that it is safe to visit – and they won’t even need to leave their car to get a jab. Contact time will be kept to a minimum in order to allow pharmacists to be as efficient as possible.”
How to book your flu jab at Asda
To book an appointment, patients need to visit the Asda store locator website and find their nearest centre by entering their postcode.
You can then book an appointment, either by phone, or directly with the store. Once booked and once an appointment time has been given, patients then simply need to pull up their vehicle into a vaccination station bay.
Patients will remain in the vehicle while the vaccination is administered by a pharmacist through the vehicle’s window. Drivers will be injected into their right arm, while passengers will receive the jab in their left.
The pharmacist will also advise patients of potential side effects and they will be asked to wait for five to 10 minutes in a designated parking bay to ensure they feel comfortable to drive away.
Drivers will be asked to sound their car horns if they require any further attention.
Pharmacists will wear full PPE and patients will be asked to wear a face mask to ensure full safety throughout the procedure.
Non-vulnerable members of the public are still able to have their flu-jab administered in the pharmacy as normal for just £8 – the lowest price on the market.